Keri Russell and  Matthew Rhys play Russian undercover spies in “The Americans.”

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play Russian undercover spies in “The Americans.”

‘The Americans’: The war at home

“The Americans” refracts light onto our present-tense situations with Russia and Afghanistan, but it also remains a sharp, emotionally rich portrait of the politics of family life.By Matthew Gilbert

ABC picks up Boston cop show ‘Broad Squad’

The network announced that it will air a pilot of “The Broad Squad,” a throwback show chronicling the lives of Boston’s first graduating class of female patrol officers.

Book REview

// ‘The Jaguar’s Children’ by John Vaillant

Vaillant’s “The Jaguar’s Children” is a woozy heartbreaker of a novel.

Providence school head is YouTube star on snow day

Cats, move over. The Internet has fallen in love with a new breed: school principals singing about snow-day cancellations.

Big Shot

/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/23/ ‘Fatherland’ by Nina Bunjevac

Photo from spread of “Fatherland,” by Nina Bunjevac

Frame by Frame

// Courbet’s ‘Woman With a Cat’ spurred by competition

More than an attractive painting of a woman with a cuddly companion, Courbet’s piece hinted at a schism between the painter and his rivals.


// New film tells Barry Crimmins’s story of survival

Crimmins’s lifelong efforts to come to terms with the psychological impact of a terrible trauma form the spine of the documentary “Call Me Lucky.”

Television REview

// In ‘Night Will Fall,’ haunting Holocaust footage

“Night Will Fall,” describes how British, US, and Soviet troops moved through Germany in the spring of 1945.

Sheila Pepe’s “Looking Place 2” (2015) at Carroll and Sons.


Sheila Pepe invites viewers to sit, look around, observe

Sheila Pepe’s new show at Carroll and Sons, Brian Zink at Miller Yezerski Gallery, and Sandra Erbacher at GRIN.

The films of Ruben Östlund screen at the MFA

Few filmmakers can depict awkward social occasions with the excruciating accuracy of the Swedish director Ruben Östlund.

Music REview

// From BMOP, new music with a Hungarian accent

BMOP and singers from the Lorelei Ensemble performed works by Bartok and Ligeti alongside premieres by Bálint Karosi and Kati Agócs.

Music review

// Von Otter, Hewitt pair for polished, precise sublimity

The most remarkable thing about Friday’s recital was how much attention mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and pianist Angela Hewitt could command.

What's on TV

// Critic’s Corner: What’s on TV Wednesday

A look at what’s on TV, including “Mississippi Men.”

The Year in Arts

special section

// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.


Samira Wiley (left) in “Orange Is the New Black.”


On TV, dramatic acting is flourishing

For decades, TV acting was considered the garish cousin to film and theater acting. There was little of the development that is now a highlight of great TV dramas.

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Stevie Nicks, wild at heart

For those twirling in anticipation of Fleetwood Mac’s appearance at the Dunkin Donuts Center, a candid five-minute clip of raw Stevie Nicks in 1981.